Online Class: Windows 7

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Course Description

Welcome to Windows 7, the latest operating system introduced by Microsoft.   Chances are, you were just getting used to Vista when this came out.  And, most likely, some of you are still bound to the old and familiar (now) XP.   We know that the thought of having to get used to a new system can be aggravating, to say the least.  It's like moving into a new house with brand new furnishings.  You don't know where anything is at.

But take a deep breath and relax!  Whether you're considering an upgrade to Windows 7, have already upgraded, or got "stuck" with it on a new computer that you've bought recently, you'll be pleased to know that Windows 7 just might arguably be the best operating system that Microsoft has yet to create.   While Windows ME is considered a big mistake by a lot of people, Windows 7 is being hailed as the best yet. 

Over the duration of this course, we're going to cover all the features of Windows 7.  It's our goal to make the new  features familiar to you.  However, it's also our goal to teach you to use Windows 7 in the way it was intended so you can enjoy its benefits and reap the rewards from this modern, insightful program.

You'll learn to:

  • Quickly and easily navigate the desktop
  • Take advantage of new shortcuts and features
  • Use libraries to organize all your files like never before
  • Keep your system safe and secure from spyware and viruses
  • Set parental controls
  • Use Windows Media Player to watch TV
  • Easily view all open windows at once using the taskbar
  • And much, much more!

By the time you finish this course, you'll know Windows 7 even better than you knew your previous operating system.  What's more, you'll love it so much that'll wonder why Microsoft didn't think of creating something easy, yet user friendly, before. 

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have the following:

- Windows 7
- a high school reading level.

No books will be required.

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Introduction to Windows 7

Lesson 2: The Mechanics of Windows 7

Lesson 3: Files, Folders, Flash Drives, Libraries, and CDs

Lesson 4: Programs and Files

Lesson 5: Finding Lost or Misplaced Files, Folders, and Programs

Lesson 6: Printing

Lesson 7: The Internet and Email

Lesson 8: Protect Your PC

Lesson 9: Customizing Windows 7

Lesson 10: Prevent Windows Crashes

Lesson 11: Connecting to a Network

Lesson 12: Using Media Player

Lesson 13: Photos and Movies

Lesson 14: Common Complaints with Windows 7 -- and Their Fixes

Appendix: Upgrading to Windows 7

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class. In order to fully benefit from this course, though, you do need access to Windows 7.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course with 70% or better

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe the mechanics and major features of Windows 7.
  • Demonstrate using files, folders, flash drives, libraries, and CDs.
  • Demonstrate opening and running programs and files.
  • Find lost or misplaced files, folders, and programs.
  • Demonstrate printing.
  • Use Windows 7 to surf the Internet and correspond with email safely.
  • Describe methods for protecting your pc.
  • Customize Windows 7.
  • Prevent Windows crashes.
  • Connect to a network.
  • Use media player, view photos, and watch movies.
  • Know common complaints and their fixes, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 : Introduction to Windows 79
Lesson 2 : The Mechanics of Windows 78
Lesson 3 Assignment1
Lesson 3 : Files, Folders, Flash Drives, Libraries, and CDs10
Lesson 4 : Programs and Files8
Lesson 5 : Finding Lost or Misplaced Files, Folders, and Programs8
Lesson 6 : Printing9
Lesson 7 : The Internet and Email10
Lesson 8 : Protect Your PC10
Lesson 9 : Customizing Windows 79
Lesson 10 : Prevent Windows Crashes9
Lesson 11 : Connecting to a Network10
Lesson 12 Assignment1
Lesson 12 : Using Media Player7
Lesson 13 : Photos and Movies7
Lesson 14 : Common Complaints with Windows 7 -- and Their Fixes8
The Final Exam39
Total Points:164

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